• Summer senryu for Doris

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    fair moon
    you are no friend of mine
    tonight

    she seems so near
    but her heart is
    a light year away

    • • •

    black label¯
    intoxicating color
    of my nights

    here’s to a hundred
    years of solitude

    evening drizzle¯
    she sings to me
    a sad refrain

    our purple rain
    in quarter note

    • • •

    my mind
    so full of you
    it’s getting crowded

    and my heart
    beats or breaks
    with a word

    • • •

    anticipating
    the day when you will
    say my name again

    but at this moment
    yours is on my lips
    and it is raining

    raining purple rain

    • • •

    this space
    this distance between us
    let us occupy

    not only with words
    but with our own voice

    • • •

    anticipating
    the day when you will
    say my name again

    but at this moment
    yours is on my lips
    and it is raining

    raining purple rain

    • • •

    i am running out
    of poetry to name
    your otherness

    tonight i am
    sending one again: words
    to nowhere

    even the night
    conpires to hide the longings
    of your heart

    it
    only knows
    silence

    but i am always
    listening until a word
    returns with a news

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